re·​mu·​ner·​ate | \ri-ˈmyü-nə-ˌrāt \
remunerated; remunerating

Definition of remunerate 

transitive verb

1 : to pay an equivalent for their services were generously remunerated

2 : to pay an equivalent to for a service, loss, or expense : recompense

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Other Words from remunerate

remunerator \ ri-​ˈmyü-​nə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun
remuneratory \ ri-​ˈmyü-​nə-​rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

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pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred. paid their bills compensate implies a making up for services rendered. an attorney well compensated for her services remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for. promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law. all creditors will be satisfied in full reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit. reimbursed employees for expenses indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare. indemnified the families of the dead miners repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount. repay a favor with a favor recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward. passengers were recompensed for the delay

Examples of remunerate in a Sentence

promptly remunerated the repair company for fixing the dryer the negligent landlord must remunerate those made homeless by the fire by finding new housing for them at his own expense

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Covestro will remain committed to remunerating its shareholders regardless of the U.S. investment, Mr. Toepfer said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "New U.S. Plant to Help Plastics Maker Covestro Balance Out Production Capacity," 11 Oct. 2018 Each of the 104 artists and collectives is alive (refreshing), and has been remunerated (even more so). Laura Bannister, Vogue, "Where to Go in Riga, Latvia, the New Arts Hub of the Baltic," 17 June 2018 The Daily Mail are reporting that Henry, who currently earns £4m a year at Sky, has failed to impress with his analysis since first appearing on the channel at the start of 2015 and is considered to be 'massively over-remunerated' for his work., "Thierry Henry Left Red-Faced as Employers Seek to Negotiate Pay Cut Following Poor Feedback," 24 May 2018 Rovio, which is structured around mobile-game and brand-licensing units, said the planned listing would enable the company to pursue its growth strategy, including through acquisitions, and gain more flexibility to remunerate its employees. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "‘Angry Birds’ Maker Hatches IPO Plan," 5 Sep. 2017 Staff are still lavishly remunerated, but pay is down by 52% in real terms. The Economist, "ButtonwoodThe finance industry ten years after the crisis," 14 Oct. 2017 Through this program, fishermen are now remunerated for returning turtles accidentally caught in their fishing nets. Michelle Cohan And Torera Idowu, CNN, "The man saving Kenya's critically endangered sea turtles," 4 Oct. 2017 This is, presumably, to prevent, say, DeShaun Watson from peddling autographs during his run to a national championship as Clemson's quarterback, because why should the kid's diligence and commitment be remunerated? Barry Svrluga,, "YouTube or football? A Central Florida kicker may not be able to do both.," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of remunerate

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remunerate

Latin remuneratus, past participle of remunerare to recompense, from re- + munerare to give, from muner-, munus gift — more at mean

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: to pay someone for work that has been done

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